John Anderson Obituary

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In Memory of

John Anderson Jr.

April 21, 1933 - June 15, 2014
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John Anderson Jr, age 81, of Melbourne Fl; went peacefully in his sleep early morning on Father's day, June 15th, 2014. John was born in Linden, NJ on April 21st, 1933. He grew up in Cocoa, FL; lived in New York City; South Salem, NY; and Duxbury, MA before returning to Florida in 2002, where he lived out his retirement in Melbourne John was a Father, Brother, Son, Husband, and Professional Aviator. In his professional life he became a highly decorated US Air Force Fighter Pilot. A Veteran of the Vietnam war, he served on exchange duty with the United States Navy, flying 165 combat missions from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger. ...
John Anderson Jr, age 81, of Melbourne Fl; went peacefully in his sleep early morning on Father's day, June 15th, 2014.

John was born in Linden, NJ on April 21st, 1933. He grew up in Cocoa, FL; lived in New York City; South Salem, NY; and Duxbury, MA before returning to Florida in 2002, where he lived out his retirement in Melbourne

John was a Father, Brother, Son, Husband, and Professional Aviator. In his professional life he became a highly decorated US Air Force Fighter Pilot. A Veteran of the Vietnam war, he served on exchange duty with the United States Navy, flying 165 combat missions from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger. John was also a Veteran of Operation Desert Storm, as Vice Commander of US Space Command. He retired Honorably in March of 1993 as a Major General, after 38 years in service of his country. John continued his 2nd career as a Commercial Airline Captain with United Airlines until April of 1999, when he retired after 32 years in the cockpit. Arguably, he touched every corner of the Globe in his life as an Aviator.

John was extremely dedicated to his family. He is survived by his Mother - Mary Anderson, of Melbourne, FL; his Brother - Robert Anderson of West Melbourne, FL; Son - Tyson Anderson of Washington, DC; Son - Justin Anderson of Auburn, MA; and Wife - Karin Anderson of Annapolis, MD. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, jogging, skiing, boating and fishing, and being with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 21st, 6:00 PM at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial. Address is 5950 South US Highway 1, Rockledge, FL, 32955. All are welcome to attend.

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"Even though the Anderson's & the Strickland's were next door neighbors for many years, I really got to know John better when he & his mom, Mary, bought a..." Sara S. Fellows (Merritt Is., FL)

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